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5 bold Premier League predictions: Van Dijk leads Liverpool to victory

15 January 2018, 12:27 | Nina Perez

GETTYBrazil international Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona in a £142m deal on Monday

Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Southampton Premier League

But Jurgen Klopp hopes to have him back to face City on Sunday with the Egypt worldwide having already returned to full training.

The last time the two teams met, City had absolutely thrashed Liverpool, beating them 5-0 and Klopp will be keen on avoiding a similar outcome this weekend.

We had flashes of that in the game at the Etihad, the former Arsenal and France forward told Sky Sports. "Of course he has to be calm and play the game he has to play". We know we can beat City.

I would have liked to see that game without Mane getting sent off because Liverpool were well in the game before that and it would have been interesting. And City's highest ever goal-scorer, Sergio Aguero will be the man spearheading the attack. "If I was my players I wouldn't want my manager talking about other things".

"Liverpool is no longer the same without you my magical brother", Firmino posted on Facebook.

How will Liverpool's new-look defence fare against Man City?

"It's the kind of game I love and for the fans it's something different", Salah said.

And Coutinho responded: "Thanks amigo you are great", he wrote.

[Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is there, [Adam] Lallana is back, but obviously you are going to miss Coutinho. Georginio Wijnaldum scored an early goal which proved to be the decider.

Simon Mignolet is expected to line up in goal.

Salah, 25, has not featured for the Reds since scoring a brace in the 2-1 comeback victory over Leicester City on 30 December. And that is all he does.

He said: "It's a real test to go to Anfield, one of the most prestigious stadiums and teams in the world".

"I always remember lining up against Steve Gerrard - a Huyton lad like me".

January signing Virgil Van Dijk is certainly available for selection after he enjoyed a dream debut during the Merseyside derby against Everton, heading home the winning goal in the 84 minute of the FA Cup clash.

"I understand completely this question, you make this question, but I am focused on Liverpool", he said. The addition of Van Djik I think was one of the best pieces of business Liverpool have done in year, he addresses their back four problems. If they can get a win or a draw from Anfield people will seriously believe they can match that Arsenal side of 2004. But still they need time to adapt to the intensity of a football game.

The Netherlands global defender impressed and scored the victor on debut in the victory over local rivals Everton, but this weekend's meeting with the title favourites could prove too challenging for a player who is still getting to know his new team-mates.

"You can see yourself that the atmosphere at every home game is unbelievable".

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